Recently, a hearing was held before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee regarding the failure of Boeing's 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This inquiry comes after the crash of two Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts within several months of one another. The first crash occurred near Jakarta, Indonesia when a Lion Airlines flight crashed into the ocean in late 2018. Subsequently, in March of 2019, the same model aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed in March of 2019.
Boeing has begun to settle the claims of families whose loved ones were killed in a Boeing 737 MAX crash which occurred on October 29, 2018, in the Java Sea. The crash occurred shortly after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, all 189 of the passengers and crew died.
Amidst growing concerns over air travel, Boeing is reportedly negotiating over 100 settlements with the families of victims of two separate crashes of their 737 MAX jetliners. Both 737s went down under similar circumstances within five months of each other: a Lion Air jet flying out of Jakarta, Indonesia in October 2018, and an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March 2019. There were no survivors of either crash, as nearly 350 people were killed.
On Thursday, April 4, 2019 Ethiopia's Ministry of Transportation released their preliminary report regarding the crash of flight ET302. Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed shortly after taking off last March, near the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Benny Agosto, Jr. currently represents the families of three passengers that perished in the crash.
On January 18, 2018, a helicopter crash in New Mexico claimed the lives of two Houstonians. Investor Charles Burnett III and former Pasadena Police Chief, Paul Cobb, were among the dead. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the private UH-1 Huey helicopter crashed at about 6:00 pm in a mountainous and remote area about 15 miles east of Raton Municipal Airport. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
On August 30, 2016, Kenneth Glazer filed a wrongful death lawsuit in state court subsequent to his parents' fatal airplane crash on their trip from New York to their vacation home in Naples, Florida. After take off from the Greater Rochester Airport, Larry and Jane Glazer-prominent real estate developers and philanthropists-faced complications in the air, as the plane's cabin pressurization system failed mid-flight. The plane ultimately went down in the Caribbean Sea, Near Jamaica, resulting in the death of the couple.
Firm Partner Benny Agosto, Jr. is currently investigating an airplane crash in Navasota, Texas, that resulted in the death of the pilot, the instructor, and two children. The two children left their home Sunday morning on February 28, 2016, with their mother's boyfriend, who owned and piloted the plane that day. The man's instructor was also on the plane when it took off that morning. The man had just purchased the plane, a model Cirrus SR-20. Reports state that the crashed plane was discovered approximately an hour after it took off by another plane in flight. The National Transportation Safety Board is currently conducting its investigation.
On Sunday, December 28, 2014, a commercial AirAsia jet disappeared in the Indonesian airspace with a total of 162 people on board. As of yesterday, December 30, 2014, the media reported that 40 bodies have been recovered. Additionally, debris of the aircraft has been found in the Karimata Strait between Sumatra, Java and Borneo. Air traffic controllers for AirAsia lost contact with the aircraft at 6:24 a.m. on Sunday (Indonesia time). The plane was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore when it went missing as it flew over the Java Sea, between the islands of Belitung and Borneo. The jet vanished from radar screens on Sunday morning approximately 40 minutes into a 2 hour flight. The company reported that on board the Airbus A320-200, Flight QZ8501, were 155 Indonesians, 3 South Koreans, 1 British, 1 French, 1 Malaysian, and 1 Singaporean. Among the passengers were 18 children, including 1 infant, and 7 crew members.
Sunday's disappearance of AirAsia flight QZ8501-which has not yet been located as of the time of this writing-has left the families of its 162 passengers and crew in anguished suspense. These families are surely devastated by the certain knowledge of the loss of their loved ones, yet the ongoing search for the airliner's wreckage cruelly allows at least some to cling to the likely vain hope for a miracle. This is to say nothing of the families of those lost in Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, who have now been waiting more than nine months for their loved ones to be fund.
When a helicopter crashes, the wreckage can leave a trail of clues that leads all the way back to the aircraft's design and manufacturer. In 2012, civil helicopters flew more than 3 million hours in the United States, resulting in 153 accidents. Of that number, 22 were fatal and 23 resulted in serious injuries. Prompt investigation of the crash site and knowledge about common causes of these crashes are critical. Abraham Watkins has handled many aviation cases through the years.